Bourgeois politeness, and perhaps fear of lawsuits, prevent the mainstream media from calling right wing politicians by their proper names. I'm less concerned given my "circulation" and lack of advertisers to please. So, I'm happy to answer the question that the Toronto Star helpfully posed in today's paper - Why won’t Rob Ford go to gay events? - thestar.com.
Ford has demonstrated over the years that he's not only willfully ignorant about the issues faced by gays and lesbians, he is downright hostile. There's the fact that he endorsed a virulently homophobic candidate and Regent Park pastor during the last municipal election going so far as to endorse Pastor Brereton's views on marriage.
Then there was the quote in 2006 that demonstrated a pretty profound ignorance about AIDS: "“If you’re not doing needles and you’re not gay, you won’t get AIDS, probably.”
And then there's his campaign, along with councillor Mammoliti, to deny funding to the Pride parade because (under community pressure) the Pride committee allowed Queers Against Israeli Apartheid to march last year. Mammoliti is a long time opponent of gay rights and it's clear that they were using the stick of phoney anti-semitism to attack gays and lesbians.
And, finally, Ford knows that his support in the gay community is just barely above nil so he has nothing to lose by snubbing them. Let's hope it blows up in his face.